The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured residents of Abuja of sufficient supply of petroleum products, noting that, the scarcity is due to low loadouts.
Reacting to the long queues that have resurfaced in Abuja, Garba Deen Muhammad, general manager public affairs, claimed that the long public holidays also contributed to the queues.
In a statement he said, “The NNPC notes the sudden appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja. This is very likely due to low loadouts at depots which usually happen during long public holidays, in this case, the Sallah celebrations,” he said.
“Another contributing factor to the sudden appearances of queues is the increased fuel purchases which is also usual with returning residents of the FCT from the public holidays. NNPC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) in conjunction with our marketing partners have taken necessary measures to ramp up loadouts from all depots.
He added that, “We assure all residents of the FCT, and indeed all Nigerians, that we have ample local supplies and national stock in excess of 2.5 billion liters, with sufficiency of more than 43 days.
“The NNPCL hereby advises motorist not to engage in panic buying as supplies are adequate as will become increasingly evident in the coming days,” he said.